TIOT & microbead tutorial!

GOOD GRACIOUS!  apparently while ushering in the new year i also passed 100K blog hits! a thrilling thing i gotta say!  i LOVE my visitors and always look forward to them!  comments are the highlight of my day!  i think this calls for some blog candy!  tune in tomorrow and i will see what i can put together for ya!

yesterday pez & i braved the FREEZING cold again to run errands.  the bin that holds my shower stuff in the shower broke so i went and got another one.  i have to have the suctio cuppy kind so i can have it low eough to reach.  the hannging kid are too high for me.  WELLLLLL the new one did not last though the first shower ad fell off the wall GRRRRRR!  i did not even have much on it!  anyone have anything they can suggest for me??

ok enough chattin as i have ALOT to post today!  it is Try It Out Tuesday (TIOT) over on the SCACD blog PLUS i have a tutorial for ya!

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Our challenge from Suzannefor TIOT over on the SCACD DT blog Follow Your Heart was to welcome in the new year by creating a welcome project.  All of the projects posted on the blog are awesome so be sure to pop over there after this post and check them out!  

since my neighbor is pregnant i decided to get to work on her welcome baby gift set:

This set includes an acetate card, soup in a jar mix, and homemade oatmeal milk bath for the mom to be!

i will start off saying this card covers numerous challenges i addition to TIOT:

Pile It On – clear (two challenges are up right now PLUS a chance to get on the DT – FUN!!)
Sweet Dreamers blog group – sketch (i had done this for studio G but i have had little response on that challenge)
Crafty Creations – glitter & bling – i used loads of super shimmering Creative Ispirations paint!
Paper Play – New Beginnings
Our Creative Corner – Clean & Simple
and my own personal challenge – ways with microbeads!


ok back to the project!

The jar and card both use a Lockhart stamp from SCACD – an adorable quilt – which i stamped with Versamark, embossed with black embossing powder and then painted in with my friend Molly’s incredible shimmering Creative Inspirations paints.  i LOVE these and they are so easy to use!  by embossing first it is even easier to just paint the image in!  here i used aquamarine & sunshine.  you can get these at SCACD and the colors are vibrant and AMAZING!  Many of the Lockhart stamps have PERFECT quilt like designs for this technique!

i matted my main images on a labels 3 nesties die (the blue mat is inked with a foam blending tool as in >>my videos<< but the yellow one i left uninked)



this pic attempts to show the shimmer but it is not as shimmery as in real life…


my card uses the same image as the jar but i painted it in opposite of the one on the jar.  my base is acetate – simply a transparency sheet from staples.  I will post a tutorial on the acetate tips & tricks tomorrow!

for the narrow strips in the sketch i used cardstock puched with an MS border punch. then i put a strip of microbeads across each one to accent them.  i added a rattle cut from the new arrival cricut cartridge as my embellishment.  i finished it off with a few pezabling acrylic embellishments on the two outer corners.  (7 new colors will be available later today for Easter! **please oh please take a nap today pezzy**)

now onto the tutorial portion – Installment 1 for microbeads!  so dig out those microbeads you stashed away or got for christmas.  we are going to start with some basics first.

don’t have any microbeads??  check out the new sets of 12 colors from martha stewart at Michaels! 

there is a regular set & a metallic set plus a 3 piece valetine set of gorgeous iridescent beads:

IF YOU CANNOT GET THESE near you i have a special order page for you – the 12 piece sets are $15 and the 3 piece is $5.50.  >>CLICK HERE<<  this is a ONE TIME thing for those of you who want to keep up but don’t have these near you.

now on to the tutorial – today is a picture tutorial – my fave method so i can print them off and take them with me.  i can also go as slow as i need to & refer back!


we will start with storage for ALL of your microbead fun!  i am ALL ABOUT the gerber second foods plastic containers – these ROCK.  so search out your friends with babies ya’ll!  i use these for glitter, embossing powder and microbeads.  second – mini spoons.  fit PERFECTLY into the container and are THE BEST utensil for dumping your stuff onto your paper.  the wide rectangular opening gives you somewhere to dump over with less mess AND they are still small enough not to be too much of  storage nightmare!

the spoons come in a set of 10 and are also on the special order page for you too if you need them


SCOR-TAPE – this is a MUST HAVE for lots of things!  this is an amazing tape that comes in numerous widths and is invaluable when you REALLY want some holding power.  So for microbeads it is wonderful.  i also have the various pieces of my card laid out and the inset pic shows you the microbeads in the container with the little spoon.

Next we will begin adhering our beads.  now this takes a couple extra steps for this card because i am working with an acetate base BUT you can do this right onto your cardstock of course!  i started by attaching my cardstock strips to my acetate base ON THE INSIDE with scor tape – this gives me a nice exactly even straight line of adhesive so it will be easier to mask.

you can see in the 2nd pic once they are attached you can see the adhesive through the front of the card.  this is where my microbeads will come in.  in the 3rd pic you see i placed another strip of  scor tape on the front of the card EXACTLY over the adhesive that was showing through.

then i held the card over the open container of beads and spooned beads on to the adhesive.

the pic on the left shows the strip of microbeads after you first dump them on – notice there are some blank spaces.  so what i do next is dump a bit more beds on and this time i rub my finger over them and get some more smooshed down int o those empty spaces.  the pic on the right is after smooshing.

easy peasy!! and a fun alternative to a strip of ribbon across a panel of your card! now i started off easy but don’t worry i have more ideas in store!!


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20 Responses

  1. Great tutorial. I haven’t used them in a while & I like those new ones. I’ll have to look for the valentine set tomorrow.

    I haven’t seen where you’ve been doing the studio G challenges. I thought you said you were moving it off PCP to your blog.

  2. Looking good!

    Warmest greetings,


  3. Gorgeous set, Marti. Lucky mum-to-be – it’s a pretty yet practical gift.

    Thanks for joining us on PaperPlay.

    Julie :o)

  4. great project Marti!
    I just grabbed the mettalic microbeads from ya! =)
    I only have the Christmas ones my sister got for me in the US for Christmas..
    ( unfortunately, in Canada we have limited supplies…. so sad =( ….. but i’m gald i have you…hehee )

    can’t wait to see more projects you have in store…. i’m tempted to try at least half of them!

  5. This is awesome!! Wow! Great tutorial too!

  6. Adorable gift set and a fun tutorial!

  7. Congrats on all those hits! Love the tutorial and what a gorgeous welcome baby set! I love yellow and blue for a baby. And the acetate card is genius! Simply love it all!

    Big hugs to you,


  8. Great gift set! Thanks for the tutorial!!! Thanks for the sketch challenge, too! I hope to get to that today!

  9. This is a wonderful gift set!

  10. Fabulous projects, and great tutorial! 😀

    Big hugs,

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